Okay, so i've decided to try and get some nice and proper IEMS to replace my PL30's. I love them to death, but i feel that i could get something with much better audio quality. As although the PL30's sound sensational, they sound like a 50 dollar IEM. I kinda want something better. So heres a poll. Could you guys help me decide please?
Ive narrowed down my search to these
SHURE-SE215 OR SE425 (425's only if someone can convince me they are worth the 250 dollar asking price)
WESTONE - UM1 or possibly UM2 (again, if someone can convince me that they sound as good as they cost)
VSONIC - GR07 Seeing as i loved the SoundMagic's, and they were a non well known chinese brand, LIKE VSONIC, im thinking i might love these. Also all of the IEM experts on Head-Fi seem to be raving about them :P
SOUNDMAGIC - PL50 (Ide love to settle on some rather cheaper phones, and ive heard good reviews about these. Also, im assuming as the bigger brother of the PL30's, i should love them. At $60 they give me enough spending money left over for a decent amp too.
And now the maybe bit
Etymotic - HF5 (issue with these stated down below.)
MY PROBLEM WITH THE ETY's.
All the reviews i have read for the HF5's say in short, "Theyre bloody amazing"
Thats all cool and all, they could sound sensational, but it seems like they are the most uncomftorble thing in the entire universe. They literelly look like an anal probe, for your ears.
Ive tried triple flange eartips before, and although they provided superior noise isolation (like, really really good noise isolation) i could feel them touching what i think was my brain, and i got a severe ear ache after 10 minutes of wearing them. These were on some fake Tours that came with these little tips which i tried on after reading about the HF5's. Ofcourse i could be wrong, the Tours are rather chunky and the HF5's look super sleek, so they may be great, but i dont know about how i can justify forking out 155 dollars for a pair of awesome sounding earphones, that i can only listen to 10 minutes at a time.
Is there anything that will make them more comfy? Ive read using different tips doesnt really help, as it just reduces the isolation, rendering the bass on the HF5's useless.
Also, reason i choose the Westone's was because of apparently them being the most comfy iems behind Customs. Apparently they dont sound so good though.